Orzo and Feta Stuffed Peppers




My mom used to make stuffed peppers, but they were more of a Mexican theme. I decided to try and make my own, but with a Greek-ish twist (minus the olives). Since green peppers were over $1 cheaper (per pepper) at the store than yellow, orange, and red, I used them. Next time, I think I might splurge. The green peppers turned out well, they just weren't as sweet and flavorful as one of the warm colors would've been. The filling, however, was delicious! You could probably actually fill 3-4 peppers with the recipe below, but we enjoyed eating the extra as leftovers. I'm definitely going to be cooking stuffed peppers again & trying a variety of different ingredients for the filling - so be on the lookout!

Ingredients

  • 2 bell peppers (preferably yellow, orange, or red)
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 oz. spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (if you get the oil-packed, rinse them before using)
  • 1 tbsp red-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375F
  2. Bring a medium saucepan of water to boil. Add orzo and cook until just tender (8-10 minutes). Drain and rinse with cold water and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, half the peppers, remove seeds, white membrane, and stems. Mash chickpeas with a fork, leaving some whole.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally until soft (about 4-5 minutes). Add spinach and oregano, stir until spinach is wilted (about 1 minute). Stir in orzo, chickpeas, 1/2 cup feta, tomatoes, vinegar, and salt. Cook until heated (about 1 minute).
  5. Fill each pepper will the filling and sprinkle with remaining feta.
  6. Bake peppers about 20 minutes, or until beginning to soften.

8 comments:

Melissa said...

I was just looking at some stuffed peppers Olga had made over at Mango & Tomato. I seem to be missing out. I have never made them before. These look delicious!

Sharon said...

Why are green peppers so much cheaper? I'm sure someone must know the answer. These look so tasty. I haven't had stuffed peppers in ages!

Culinarywannabe said...

I love stuffed peppers! I make mine in the slow cooker, but I'm obsessed with feta so I will have to try these next time! I agree, red, yellow and orange are worth the splurge over green. Sometimes I can find them sold together in a pack for cheaper.

Olga said...

LOL: seems like stuffed peppers are in the air :)

Great combo on orzo and feta...I knew I was missing something: Cheese!

Jennifer said...

Feta and orzo? It has to be good. I love stuffed peppers but most recipes are a bummer however, yours looks excellent. Thanks for visiting my blog. You still have time to enter the 'Eating Your Words' challenge. I bet you 2 can come up with something great.

The Culinary Chase said...

YUM! I love stuffed peppers & the combination of orzo & feta has the makings of a very delicious meal. Cheers!

Kevin said...

Those stuffed peppers look really tasty!

Jennifer said...

I see what you mean about both of us making them. Thanks for visiting

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